URI researchers release Ukrainian moth to eliminate invasive weed

PICTURED IS A hypena opulenta caterpillar in the Biocontrol Lab at the University of Rhode Island. URI researchers are releasing hypena opulenta, a species of Ukrainian moth, to combat swallow-wort, an invasive weed. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NORA LEWIS
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A decade into studying the invasive black and pale swallow-wort, University of Rhode Island researchers have released a species of moth from Ukraine to combat the flora, which plagues Europe and parts of North America. “Swallow-wort was one of those weeds becoming increasingly problematic,” said Aaron Weed, a former Ph.D. student at…
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